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Driving the Future of Women’s Health

UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, a world-class center for both women’s health and comprehensive medical-surgical care, is bringing enhanced, comprehensive, life-changing medicine to central PA. All women’s health services and facilities within the central PA region footprint now will assume the UPMC Magee-Womens brand. The partnership delivers more than a name change, however.

“As one of the nation’s top hospitals specializing in care for women, UPMC Magee combines a wealth of specialty services with a traditional focus on gynecologic and obstetric services,” says Kenneth Oken, MD, chairman ob-gyn department, UPMC. “Women now have access to even more expertise closer to home, while providers have access to specialists for consultations at other UMPC Magee-Womens facilities across the system.”

Nationally ranked in gynecology by U.S. News & World Report, UPMC Magee partners closely with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to provide the highest level of care in areas such as high-risk pregnancy care, fetal diagnosis and intervention, and genetics. UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh is also ranked by U.S. News as one of the top 10 best children’s hospitals in the nation.

Physicians use an array of diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical services to diagnose, monitor, and treat conditions during pregnancy. Easier and earlier access to UPMC Magee-Womens maternal fetal medicine specialists, for example, can help prevent the progression of obstetrical complications during pregnancy and increase the likelihood of delivering at a patient’s local hospital with their primary ob-gyn. Multidisciplinary teams are prepared to support mothers and their infants through their programs and services across 17 ob-gyn women’s specialty offices and labor and delivery units in Harrisburg, Carlisle, Hanover, Lititz and York.

“This partnership aligns us with a facility that does so much. When you combine all the hospitals and markets, we’re talking about caring for over 20,000 babies—bigger than anywhere in the state. The numbers alone are exciting,” says Dr. Oken.

Guided by the principles established in its model of care, UPMC Magee-Womens focuses on the unique attributes and needs of each woman. That focus, along with the vision of personal and inclusive health care, brings a comprehensive approach on every level—from research and routine medicine to surgical intervention and reproductive health—across every community.

Finding a provider who has the skill, expertise, and understanding to help identify a problem, develop a plan for treatment, or successfully help patients achieve a goal is not always easy. For those living in central PA, however, their options have increased significantly.

“I feel very proud of what we’ve accomplished over the years, but now we’re adding new technology and innovation, which will benefit patients in a new way. UPMC is impressive with its robust training and fellowship programs across all areas of ob/gyn and their maternal fetal medicine program is one of the strongest in the country,” says Dr. Oken.

With these extensive subspeciality networks, providers now have a direct line to discuss complex patients and complicated conditions. Using either in-person consultations or telemedicine, collaborative care is within reach.

“We have the ability to tap into the resources and expertise of the entire system. Clinical integration is one way we ensure our patients get the best care regardless of where they live,” says Dr. Oken, adding, “Our multidisciplinary teams and coordinated approach in providing care for women, their partners, and infants make UPMC Magee-Womens a standout in this region.”

UPMC Magee-Womens is the destination for women’s health services ranging from simple to complex. For more information about all the services and locations, visit



  • UPMC Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) is the largest research institute in the U.S. dedicated to women’s health and reproductive biology.
  • Magee is recognized by the United States Department of Health and Human Services as a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health.
  • Our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the largest in Pennsylvania and one of the largest in the country.
  • Magee and UPMC Children’s performed western Pennsylvania’s first in utero surgery.
  • UPMC Children’s is ranked 9th in the nation on the S. News & World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Children’s Hospitals (2020-21).
  • Magee pioneered the use of digital mammography in 2000 when it became one of the first hospitals in the United States to install a clinical digital system.

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